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Photo: Dave Coutts (2nd R) of Huntington Beach, hangs an U.S. flag with surfboards reading "Surfers 4 Trump" before the Southern California Make America Great Again march in support of President Trump, the military and first responders at Bolsa Chica State Beach in Huntington Beach, California, U.S. March 25, 2017. (Patrick T. Fallon/Reuters)

Conservative California and the rise of Trump 14 MIN, 4 SEC

Donald Trump billed his presidential win as a triumph of Middle America over coastal liberalism -- made possible by the forgotten people of the Midwest and the South. But California served as a major incubator for the hard-line conservative thinking that helped propel him to the White House. It’s an ideology birthed out of opposition to the liberal politics and multiculturalism that now dominate the state.

Guests:
Scott Lucas, San Francisco Magazine, Author of "How California Gave Us Trumpism" (@ScottLucas86)

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How California Gave Us Trumpism

Do H1-B visas help or hurt Americans? 8 MIN, 43 SEC

President Trump signed an executive order Tuesday that affects H1-B visas. Used often by the tech sector, they allow U.S. companies to employ high-skilled foreign workers. The Trump administration argues that the program displaces American workers and drives down wages. About 85,000 foreign workers get an H1B visa each year. And there’s been a downtick in the number of visa applications for the next fiscal year.

Guests:
Issie Lapowsky, Wired (@issielapowsky)

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Trump’s Executive Order Won’t Give Tech Clarity on H-1B Visas

How the U.S. military is trying to understand psychic phenomena 16 MIN, 31 SEC

Most scientists will tell you psychokinesis -- the ability to move things with your mind -- is nonsense. But the American military and CIA have been trying to find ways to use these mental powers for decades.

Guests:
Annie Jacobsen, Journalist and author, “Phenomena: The Secret History of the U.S. Government's Investigations into Extrasensory Perception and Psychokinesis” (@AnnieJacobsen)

Phenomena

Annie Jacobsen

Where do your taxes go? The answers might surprise you 8 MIN, 56 SEC

It’s tax day. That means some of you are sweating it with TurboTax or paper forms, trying to get your income tax returns filed by the end of the day. While you’re working on that, we talk about some of the crazy ways our tax system works.

Guests:
David Cay Johnston, Daily Beast / Investipedia / Syracuse University (@DavidCayJ)

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We Asked People What They Know About Taxes. See If You Know The Answers

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